Mayors conference urges FCC to modernize E-Rate program

Friday, March 21, 2014

The bipartisan leadership of the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM), representing more than 1,000 cities with populations of 30,000 or more, today urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to modernize the E-Rate program -- a move that will help advance the President's ConnectED goal of connecting 99% of America's K-12 students to high-speed broadband in five years.

In a joint letter to the FCC, the mayors called on the FCC to take swift action to modernize the E-Rate program to bring high-speed broadband to every school and library and Wi-Fi to every classroom. The group called E-Rate modernization the single most important step we can take to connect our children to digital learning opportunities that will, in turn, give them the technological skills they need for success in the knowledge economy.

"This group of leading mayors understands that high speed broadband for our schools and libraries is more than an education issue," said Evan Marwell, CEO of EducationSuperHighway. "It impacts our communities, our businesses, and our nation. Let's ensure that every child in every city has the skills needed for the knowledge economy."

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